Esoteric London

No. 367: Stoke Newington Church Street, N16

Posted in Churches, Funereal by esotericlondon on July 26, 2011

Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

London by Day and Night – David W.Bartlett, 1852:

There is a beautiful cemetery in Stoke Newington, and it was given to the inhabitants by Lady Abney, who was a sincere friend to Dr. Watts [ Isaac Watts the English hymn-writer, theologian and logician]. There is in it a pretty little church, where funeral services are performed by all denominations of Christians. Lady Abney was very liberal in her religious views, and the cemetery is, with its church, open to all alike, and though its grounds were never consecrated, yet many rigid churchmen have been buried in it. There is no quieter burial spot within a dozen miles of London in any direction, and there are cedars of Lebanon in it, wide lawns, and beautiful flowers. There is an old clergyman in the church, who is always ready to officiate for a small fee on funeral occasions. He is over eighty years old, his hair is like the snow, and he is a fit companion to such a solemn place.

[Abney Park Chapel is a Grade II Listed chapel, designed by William Hosking and built by John Jay. Unfortunately it has been closed for thirty years due to fire damage. The chapel remains a ‘building at risk’ despite re-roofing and other structural repairs. R.D.]

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